The Good in Good Friday

God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. – (2 Corinthians 5:21, NIV)

For God took the sinless Christ and poured into Him our sins. Then, in exchange, He poured God’s goodness into us! – (2 Corinthians 5:21, TLB)

For God made the only one who did not know sin to become sin for us, so that we who did not know righteousness might become the righteousness of God through our union with Him. – (2 Corinthians 5:21, TPT)

 

This. This is the good that we celebrate on Good Friday. Jesus Christ, who had lived and served and loved without sin, willingly took all sin upon Himself and bore it on the cross, so that we would have a way to be right with God. Our sinfulness was exchanged for Christ’s righteousness. His sacrifice made the way for all who seek Him to become righteous before God. This holy exchange is the very thing that empowers God’s goodness to be evident in us. Christ’s love that made the way for us all to be restored unto God, is the good in Good Friday. May we each recognize with reverent awe, the enormity of the exchange that took place on our behalf.

 

One horrific day, The Good in Good Friday

A long time ago;

Christ went to the cross,

To make goodness known.

Upon that old cross,

Jesus bore all sin;

The wrongs of the world,

Were nailed upon Him.

The weight that He bore,

Was for you and I;

Though we were sinners,

He still chose to die.

Such a painful death,

So we could be free;

Covered with goodness,

Righteousness to see.

This is what is good,

On this dreadful day;

Death of our Savior,

Cause for Good Friday.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son to take our place upon the cross. Thank You that His goodness covers all of our ugliness in Your eyes. Forgive us for not recognizing the enormity of the burden You bore on our behalf. Help us to see just how good, Good Friday is because of Your incredible love. Show us how to embrace the goodness You have given to us and empower us to love well, all those whom with we cross paths. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we become aware of the incredible exchange of our sinfulness for Your righteousness, that make Good Friday so good. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8

Coming Clean Creates Community

“Therefore confess your sins to each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16

photo by iKAN Ministries

“Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.  The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.” (The Message)

When we hold one another accountable, we tend to be more in tune with God.  Hidden sin, guilt and condemnation, all create barriers that come between our hearts and His.  As we confess and contend for one another in prayer, our walls crumble and we become aware of the ever closeness of Christ.  When we are right before Him, covered and cleansed by the cross Christ bore on our behalf, we are better equipped to come before our Creator and contend for that which we are being called.  He hears and answers prayers that are prayed with a sincere heart and pure motives.

Again, this seems to be a clear reminder that we are called to be in community.  He created us to be companions to one another and to come close to Him, so that right relationship could again be restored.  Jesus made plain the path to pursue our Provider.  As we draw near to Him and encourage one another, His power within us is made evident as He heals hearts and transforms communities.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You know our need and provide people to partner with in prayer.  Thank You that Your presence is promised where two or more gather together in Your Name. (Matthew 18:20)  Forgive us for the times we forego accountability and attempt to do it all alone.  Thank You that You are gracious and merciful as You are faithful to meet us in our moments and guide us back to You.  Teach us to trust You more, and provide people to walk beside us as we fix our eyes on You.  May our mutual encouragement and confession to one another keep our hearts right before You so that we may be used mightily to touch lives and transform communities, placing You alone in the center.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present